FEBRUARY 27 – Serve Him In Truth
1Samuel 12:24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
What does it mean to fear the Lord? There is a fear of God that brings us closer to Him. That is a reverential fear knowing that God not only controls the rain and thunder but also controls the affairs of men. We are called to “serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” Psalm 2:11. The fear of the Lord should guide into paths of righteousness.
We are to serve Him in truth. Compromise is not the truth. When we compromise that then becomes a lie. We do not have the right to make adjustments in the truths that we have been given in God’s Word. John chapter 4 says to “worship in spirit and in truth.” Looking at that statement, if we do not have the truth we can not worship. It behooves us to diligently seek the truth so that we can worship. I am going to bring up one doctrine here. Most that will read this would agree that Jesus gave an ordinance to the Church called “the Lord’s Supper. Most would agree that the Lord’s Supper was closed and given to the members of those local Church members. Why do we think we can take that truth and modify it to suit us? Remember the admonition previous to this, fear the Lord. This is so clear.
What has the Lord done for you? The love of God is so precious to us that He sent His only begotten Son to this earth. He sent that Son to call out His Church to give a place of worship and service. He sent His Son to shed His blood for this Church what right do we have to minimize the Church that Jesus built. What right do we have to minimize the two offices of the Church or minimize the ordinances of the Church? We are to serve Him in truth. Yes, His blood was shed for the lost but never ever minimize or discount the blood shed for the truth.
May we find the truth so that we might worship.
“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you,” Matthew 5:12.
I never want to take for granted the salvation that I have received from Jesus. In a culture where being a follower of Christ is becoming less “hip”, I pray that I never abandon the Lord who will never abandon me. Sure, there may be some hate that comes because I chose to follow the ways of the Scriptures, but I pray that it never causes me to waiver in my walk for the Lord.
We are all called to place God in a position of significance in our lives. This calling requires believers to value God above all else in this world. One of the greatest ways we can show God how much we value Him is through our response to persecution.
Persecution is simply being mistreated because of one’s faith in God. It can come in many forms. It can be as small as one person ridiculing another because of their belief or it can be as serious as a martyr dying for their faith. This is not something that we would call a blessing, but that is exactly what God tells us that persecution is in today’s passage.
No matter the severity, God rewards those who suffer for the cause of righteousness. Jesus told His disciples here in the gospels that they could count on persecution. We can count on it as well, but we can also rejoice in the truth that God has a great reward waiting in Heaven for those who experience it.
JUST A THOUGHT
When persecution comes, will you see it as an opportunity for blessings and rewards?
“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God,” Romans 5:2.
In twelfth century Italy, there was a man named Faninus who, in opposition to the dominant religion of the day, became a true Christ follower. He decided to share Christ with the world no matter who persecuted him or how terrible the consequences might be. Consequently, he was arrested for heresy and sentenced to die. On the day of his execution, it was recorded that he appeared remarkably cheerful. One observer said, “It is strange you should appear so merry upon such an occasion, when Jesus Christ himself, just before his death, was in such agonies, that he sweated blood and water.” Faninus replied, “Christ sustained all manner of pangs and conflicts, with hell and death, on our accounts; and thus, by his sufferings, freed those who really believe in him from the fear of them.” Faninus was then strangled and burned to ashes. (Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, page 89.)
True Christ followers have nothing to fear. There is one person in the universe who has the power to cast us, body and soul, into hell, but through Christ, we have been justified by faith and are now at peace with God. That means the child of God is untouchable. Even in tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness and peril, there is absolutely nothing that will be able to separate us from the love of God through Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:35). When difficulties arise, we should cling strongly to our Lord in faith, knowing that God has a plan for every circumstance that befalls us and glorify God until the day we die.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you glorify God in your tribulations today?
Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who Fear,
Too long for those who Grieve
Too short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love